Malaysian-Indian leader receives bullets with death threat

A prominent ethnic Indian lawmaker in Malaysia has claimed to have received an envelope containing two live bullets.

Written by Agencies | Kula Lumpur | Published: February 20, 2009 4:04 pm

A prominent ethnic Indian lawmaker in Malaysia has claimed to have received an envelope containing two live bullets,accompanied by a death threat,warning him against showing disrespect to Malay rulers.

Karpal Singh,chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) opposition party,said in a police report in Penang state that his clerk had found the envelope sent from the northern Perak in his postbox yesterday.

He said that the envelope contained two live bullets and a hand-written letter that threatened that he and his family would be harmed if they showed disrespect to the Malay Rulers.

Singh said the threat could be linked to the political crisis in Perak.

The former opposition ruled Perak state is now under the control of the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional party,after two assemblymen belonging to the People’s Justice Party quit and decided to support the Barisan in the assembly tilting the favour towards the ruling party.

However,yesterday the state assembly speaker,who is also of Indian origin,suspended six executive councillors and the Perak chief minister,deepening the political storm brewing there.

The speaker’s action drew ire from across the political spectrum,including from Singh,who said the suspension needs to be approved by the Assembly.

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